For sale is a 1953 Willys Aero Eagle project car. The project was based on a modern drag car version of this classic Willys, complete with a drivetrain pulled from a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8. The sale includes the cars itself in its current state, the complete Challenger drivetrain and associated parts, a large lot of new “race” parts, and and even larger lot of NOS and used OEM Willys parts to complete the project. I will detail each of those aspects below. We purchased this vehicle as a project and have realized we don’t have time to finish it. Included are two large binders of receipts which total well over $100K not including the additional parts we purchased or our labor. If you think we are way off on price, please make an offer. We were not sure where to start but feel our asking price is fair. The worst we can say is no!

The car does have an Arizona assembled vehicle VIN (AZ264057) and title. The title has been signed off but is not notarized so we have been told we cannot transfer it. We believe the previous owner to be deceased. Since we were building as a race car we did not pursue titling the car but most likely you will need to go through the legal process of figuring that out if you desire one. This sale will include a bill of sale only but all the paperwork we have will be included (Arizona titled, all the assembled vehicle paperwork, the original vehicles VIN tags, license plate records, etc.). We also have all the paperwork from the 2009 challenger including the bill of sale from the scrap yard we purchased it from noting the VIN of the vehicle it was pulled from.

1953 Willys Aero Eagle Body & Chassis

All steel original Willys body. In 1953 only about 7,000 of these were build and we believe less than 1,000 exist today. Trunk and hood fitment is much nicer than it appears in the photos, they are just sitting on the body for pictures.

Body was taken down the bare metal and all major corrosion was repaired. The car has been in storage for about 20 years since then but it is still in excellent condition. The front edge of the hood will need attention as well one spot on the lower front valiance but nothing major. Included with the sale are hundreds of picture of the body restoration project.

A partial tube chassis is welded in place including a 10 point cage and full all steel tins. The rear is tubbed to accept very large tires. The tins have surface rust from storage but that could easily be corrected.

Front suspension is dual A-arm all sourced from Chris Alston Chassis Works. It is a complete kit and is prepared for the included QA1 shock kit and included Wildwood Brakes

Rear suspension is a 4-link kit sourced from Chris Alston Chassis Works. Includes a shortened Fab9 welded axle housing. Not that no axle shafts are included.

Motor and transmission mounts are fabricated to accept the 2009 Challenger 6.1L Hemi Engine and Tremec T56 six speed transmission. Bolted into car but final fitment will be required. Drivetrain details below.

Trunk is fitted with a custom build aluminum fuel tank fitted with custom stainless hard lines. New fuel pump is installed, detail on that below.

Trunk is fabricated to accept two racing batteries on either side.

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Drivetrain and Parts

Removed from a total Challenger, VIN 2B3LJ74W39H579917. Vehicle had 45K miles. The Carfax notes that the transmission was replaced at 35K so it only has 10K miles.

Engine is a 6.1L Hemi and was pulled out complete including all accessory components, exhaust manifolds, etc.

Transmission is a Tremec T56 and has not been separate from the engine. The clutch, flywheel, shifter, etc. are in place.

New in original packaging Core Shifters front shift conversion kit. This is needed to move the shifter to the correct position.

GM return style regulator conversion for non-return style fuel system, new in bag

Conversion dip stick tube, new in original packaging

To make the car “run” using the Mopar hot rod wiring kit, we purchased several other components of the car which are noted below.

Original oil pan, swapped for a different sump position which is installed on the engine in the car. This is probably extra.

Complete body & engine wiring harness, nothing was cut when removed

Ignition with key

Complete fuel pump assembly

Complete two piece steering column


All engine accessory lines including AC and cooling hoses

ABS Accumulator

Charcoal canister

Clutch and brake assembly and accelerator assembly

Power steering reservoir & canister purge

Modern Mostly New Race Components

Wilwood front and rear brake rotors and hats (new but surface rust from storage no box)

Four Wilwood polished brake caliper and mounting brackets new in box

Wilwood brake master cylinder and pedal kit, new no box

Wilwood brake pads front and rear new in box

Chris Alston Chassis Works sway bar new in box

Chris Alston Chassis Works sway bar mounting kit new in box

Chris Alston Chassis Works ball joint cover kit new in box

Set of four QA1 shocks and springs new installed on car boxes includes

Fab9 rear shortened axle housing, powder coated black. New installed in vehicle. No axles or center section.

Aeromotive Phantom 18688 fuel pump, new installed in tank.

Aeromotive in line fuel filter, new no box

Billet hood latch and custom billet hood hinges, new in bag

Second fuel cell (in addition to the one in the car) custom made for this application. Much taller than the one in the car.

Custom machined billet dash

Custom machined billet door sills

Custom machined billet roll bar joint covers for all connection points. Custom designed by previous owner. Crazy expensive!

Willys OEM NOS & Used Parts

NOS in box curved rear center window. Has been tinted but could be removed. May be the only NOS one left!

NOS in box curved rear side window. May be the only NOS in box ones left!

NOS no box curved rear side windows (2nd set).

NOS windshield no box

NOS in box front marker light assemblies. Willys Jeep boxes. May be the only ones left

Re-chromed taillight housings with extremely nice restored OEM lenses

Re-chromed front Willys emblem

Re-chromed upper front bumper section

Re-chromed interior speaker grille

Re-chromed (or chromed, we are not sure of the original finish) dashboard

New rubber for all windows, windshield, doors, etc.

Used headlight buckets, door handles (3), Interior door handles, escutcheons (8), window cranks, rear view mirror, horn ring & emblem, trunk Willys emblems (2), “Willys Aero Eagle” emblem, front marker lights, trunk hinges (4), wipers, hood ornament, dome light, door windows, quarter windows, vent windows (3), front & rear bumper, headliner brackets, window regulators, & wiper motor

Two sets of all exterior polished and chrome trim. At one point the previous owner disassembled a parts car. All need repair / restoration.

Two set of interior moldings (minus the knobs and chrome bits described above). This includes things like the garnish moldings, the headliner spanners, etc.

An amazing amount of time and money has been spent on this project; our loss is your gain! Vehicle is located in Bethlehem, PA and can be viewed in person by appointment. Delivery can be available for additional cost but we’d like to stay within 2-3 hours of Bethlehem, PA. Payment must be received prior to delivery and if you want to inspect in person prior to delivery you must do so and pay in Bethlehem, PA.

Price: Auction

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Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States